Up (USA, 2009, Docter, Peterson)
All this in the opening act of the story would have to leave one wondering where Pixar's dream team of Pete Docter and Bob Peterson (whose writing credits include both Toy Story's, Finding Nemo, Monster's Inc., Ratatouille and WALL-E) were going. It's a rather bold move to make the hero of your children's story older than Moses, float away on a bunch of helium balloons and land in an unknown land (the Milton-inspired Paradise Falls, which appears to be not only a place, but a direction and an indication of Carl's ambitions, if you get my drift) where he would end up running into an even OLDER character, Carl's childhood hero, explorer Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer). Not only that, but to then have Carl's ertswhile idol end up as his nemesis and have the two geezers engage in a round of fisticuffs that would prove both rousing and hilarious. All of which is to suggest that the Docter and Peterson are not exactly playing it safe or doing it by the book in Up. This is a film that soars above and beyond the predictable, that takes us to new territory, a land of wonder and quirkiness.